I swear – the past two days, Vermont forgot it’s still summer (or – is it still summer? or was it fall on the 21st? no idea.) and has put me in a deja vu remembering last fall.
did i wake up and immediately find a hoodie and socks? why yes, yes i did.
did i brew myself a k-cup of hot southern pecan rather than iced souther pecan or french vanilla? why yes, yes i did. did i just see that pumpkin spice coffee is back in green mountain’s coffee lineup? yes, yes, and yes.
the closer fall and winter creeps, the more i wonder if i’ll be able to go back to overnight oats. i’ve grown so fond of these overnighters – even after initially looking at them as far inferior to the stove-top variety. they’re like different breeds of oats – can they even be compared fairly?
this morning was even so dark that i feared none of my pictures would come out without motion blur! which is why i’m leaning on stock photos, too :P i’ve gotta get my steadiness back!
luckily, however, it wasn’t too bitter outside – although the wind nearly blew me to canada! speaking of wind – as i channel surfed last night, i saw a football game on…when i paired that with the wind howling just outside my window and my fluorescent lamp, i felt like i’d flashbacked to winter.
i don’t know why certain kinds of light make me think of certain seasons, but work with me here.
in fact, we even had two (count ’em!! two!!) customers in at work putting orders in for christmas presents! it made me start brainstorming on the way home, too. i’ve got nothin’.
then i remembered a story my boss had told us, and thought maybe a gift certificate to friendly’s was just the ticket. my beloved family members can go man-versus-food on me and eat their new concoction that is, wait for it, a cheeseburger between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
dude, is that even legal? because i feel like…it shouldn’t be.
the flannel i chose to wear was very fall-reminiscing, and i forgot to mention the mud i had to trench through while feeding the horses. did you guys know that vermont actually has five seasons? i guess you could even say six. it goes mud season, spring, summer, mud season, fall, and then winter.
and now…fritters. i guess i’m not really sure if i should call these fritters or bean burgers, though i’m leaning towards the former. maybe i could call the burtters? frigers?
anyways. they’re an adaptation of a veganomicon recipe. i know isa knows what up – but i had to make a few changes and think i quite like them.
if you’re like me and don’t like succhini – do not fear, my friend. you can’t taste it. if you’re allergic though, you should still probably stay away.
Tomato-Zucchini Fritters (or burtters, or my favorite – frigers)
- 2 slices good bread
- 1 T. chives
- 1/4 t. garlic salt
- 1/4 c. pecans
- 1 c. dark red kidney beans (i think garbanzo beans would be good, too)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. tomato paste
- 1 T. fresh oregano
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 T. milled flax mixed with 3 T. water
- 1/2 t. dried dill
- 1/2 T. chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 c. (packed) grated or finely shredded zucchini, squeezed to remove excess water
- heaping 1/2 c. seeded and diced tomatoes, drained
- olive oil
- preheat your oven to 375*, and toast your bread. while that is toasting, finely grind your pecans. transfer to a bowl, and when the bread is toasted, put in your processor and process to breadcrumbs. transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/4 t. of the garlic salt and the chives.
- in the processor, combine the beans, garlic, lemon juice, tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper. it should be mostly smooth, but some chunks are okay. transfer to a bowl.
- add in 1/3 c. of the breadcrumbs you made, the ground pecans, flax egg, dill, mint, zuc, and tomatoes. the mixture should be thick – if you find it’s quite soft, add more bread crumbs. it may vary just based on how much water you were able to get out of the veg.
- set aside and grease a cookie sheet with a thin layer of olive oil. with your hands, form patties with the bean-veg mixture, and then coat with a light coating of breadcrumbs.
- bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark.
…and very much like winter. i know, i know – i’ve already talked about all this. part of me is really excited for fall to come. fall flavors. fall colors. fall weather, even. baking without heating the whole house – baking bread from scratch, even! cozying up in bed with comfy down comforters and a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. burrowing inside blankets, or staying warm by the fire with the pup and kitty while outside is a gloriously beautiful winter wonderland. i just love the sound of snow.
however…as i’ve said many-a-time…cold and i do not get along. i didn’t ride last winter. do i have what it takes to tough it out this winter?